|Outfielder / Pitcher / Manager|
February 4, 1912|
La Habana, Cuba
|Died: April 25, 1957
|Career highlights and awards|
Lázaro Salazar (February 4, 1912 – April 25, 1957) was a Cuban baseball outfielder in the Negro leagues and the Mexican League. He played from 1924 to 1952 with several clubs, including the Cuban Stars (West), New York Cubans, Cafeteros de Córdoba, Azules de Veracruz, Industriales de Monterrey and Sultanes de Monterrey.
Salazar also played and managed in Venezuela for a long time. While pitching for the Gavilanes team, he was part of the longest contest in Venezuelan baseball history in a 20-inning game that lasted 6 hours, 20 minutes, losing a pitching duel to Andrés Julio Báez [Grillo B] and the Pastora team, 1–0 (Maracaibo, May 5, 1938).
He later managed the Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during seven consecutive seasons from 1949 through 1956, leading the squad to championship titles in the 1949–1950, 1950–1951, 1951–1952 and 1954–1955 campaigns.
Salazar was enshrined in the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. He also gained inductions into the Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964 and the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2010.
- Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
- "Salón de la Fama y Museo del Béisbol Venezolano Official Website (Spanish)".
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minor leagues)
- Negro league baseball statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Negro leagues)
- Venezuelan Winter League batting and pitching statistics